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How to Set a Rustic and Glam Thanksgiving Table

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*This post contains affiliate links and gifted product from Grain Designs. As always, the opinions and design are my own.

Cooking a turkey is a lot of work, so who wants to be stressed about trying to create the perfect table too. To help our readers out, we did the leg work for you. We looked to nature to create a festive, fall tablescape this Thanksgiving. It doesn’t take long to set up, but still looks as fancy as your home cooked meal.

Our table is pulled together, but not over the top. While I love a formal table, we are going for a more laid-back, glam look this holiday. Read below for a tutorial on how to recreate our simple and rustic table.


Step 1: Place the tablecloth on the table. You can purchase a similar tablecloth here.

Step 2: Set the placemats at each seat. Ours are from Eco Chic Boutique, but if you are not local you can purchase similar cloth placemats at Target.


Step 3: Add a charger. We chose a round gold Cynthia Rowley charger with subtle etched leaves. You can purchase the same chargers here. If you have Amazon Prime they should be delivered in time for the turkey!

*I start with the placemats and the chargers because it gives me a good idea of how much room I have for the centerpiece. 


Step 4: It’s time for the fun part — the centerpiece. We kept it earthy and festive with apples, wood, white pumpkins and greenery.

We purchase the pumpkins and apples from our local grocery store and the greenery from Eco Chic Boutique. If you are lucky, you may be able to find similar greens in your back yard.  Otherwise, you can pick up your supplies on Amazon. Pick up the cotton here, wheat bundles here, and similar faux branches here.

The black lantern is also from Eco Chic. You can purchase a similar lantern online here.

The wood candles (c/o) are from Grain Designs. We recommend picking them up at their holiday pop up shop. For non local shoppers, similar candles are available here.


We started the centerpiece by setting out two wood chargers in the center to ground the display. Then we added our largest piece, the black lantern full of red apples and sticks, followed by the birch candles. We spread out the candles across the length of the table and then used the pumpkins to fill in the gaps.


Finally, we strategically placed the greenery to fill the remainder of the open space. Keep in mind that you may have to adjust some of the greenery as you add items to the table.


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Since we have an open floor plan and our dining table is located within the same space as our kitchen, we are able to go all out with the centerpiece. We can serve the food straight from our kitchen, instead of at the table. If you need to leave room for dishes, we recommend sticking with candles at varying heights, like these. It looks elegant and dramatic, but takes up minimal space.


Step 5: Stack your china on the chargers. You can purchase our Lenox set here.


Step 6: Add the water and wine glasses (or in our case champagne glasses). You can find similar tumblers here and the champagne glasses here.

how-to-fold-a-cloth-napkinStep 7: Fold your cloth napkins and place the forks. We used white cotton napkins. Real Simple has a great video on how to fold a napkin to hold silverware.


Step 8. Place the remaining silverware. The forks go on the left, and the knife and spoons on the right. You can purchase our flatware here.


Step 9: Enjoy your beautiful table! It’s time to take a seat and eat your perfectly cooked turkey! You’re going to have to find someone else for a tutorial on that one!






Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because we have a chance to connect with our extended family. A big meal and a full belly has a strange way of bringing families together and I love every bit of it, no matter how hectic it gets.

We hope you gobble ’till you wobble this weekend and give thanks for all your blessings!

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